Saichandan Mohanty, is your regular 25 year old young man; a closer look at him, however, tells you a different story. A story of grit and determination! Saichandan was born differently abled to a family of four in the Kandhmal district of Odisha. A secondary school pass out; he always took a keen interest in arts and crafts since his childhood. Building on his passion, Saichandan enrolled himself in a vocational training of bamboo crafts.
With the help of his father, he started a business of bamboo craft, selling decorative items such as planter boxes, containers, picture frames and other gift items, making a small profit of Rs. 1000 per month. However, this wasn’t enough to sustain the family of four including his younger sister of marriageable age. Saichandan also aspired to construct a pucca house for his family.
In April 2013, Saichandan took a loan of Rs. 50,000 from Annapurna Microfinance Pvt. Ltd. to help him expand his business. The loan has also helped him to venture into a new business of running a dairy farm. He now earns a comfortable profit of Rs. 5000 to Rs. 6000 per month. Saichandan has now employed five young men who are also hearing and speech impaired as he is.
A model youth for his community, Saichadan is grateful for the support that he has received from Annapurna. More importantly he is proud of the fact that he isn’t a burden on his parents and can fend for himself and his family!